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The Crossroad Audiobook

The Crossroad

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Publisher's Summary

On 2 September ,2008, in a valley in eastern Afghanistan, Trooper Mark Donaldson made a split-second decision that would change his life.

His display of extraordinary courage that day saw him awarded the Victoria Cross for Australia, making him the first Australian to receive our highest award for bravery in wartime since Keith Payne in 1969.Yet Mark's journey to those crucial moments in Afghanistan was almost as exceptional as the acts that led to his VC. He was a rebellious child and teenager, even before the death of his father - a Vietnam veteran - when Mark and his brother were in their mid-teens. A few years later, their mother disappeared, presumed murdered. Her body has never been found.

Mark's decisions could have easily led him down another path, to a life of self-destructiveness and petty crime. But he chose a different road: the army. It proved to be his salvation and he found himself a natural soldier, progressing unerringly to the SAS, the peak of the Australian military.

From his turbulent early years to the stark realities of combat in the mountains and valleys of Afghanistan, Mark's book is the frank and compelling story of a man who turned his life around by sheer determination and strength of mind.

©2013 Mark Donaldson (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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    craig 07/01/2016
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    "Brilliant"

    Loved every minute and did not tune out at any stage. Have listened to this twice and could easily do it a third time.

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    michael 14/10/2016
    michael 14/10/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "And amazing story of a true Aussie Hero."

    An amazing story of a true Hero. It made mw proud to be an Australian

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    steve toke 10/03/2017
    steve toke 10/03/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Briliant Briliant"
    What did you like most about The Crossroad?

    True story that is Inspiering storry from a hodlem to a solger that becam a man. Love the way book line up with storys from other book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Crossroad?

    He became inspierd to tranin hard to qualify and swim fully closed in publick swimming pool.


    Which character – as performed by David Tredinnick – was your favourite?

    Found it inspiering the traditions of tributets.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    He got in.


    Any additional comments?

    Read his book or lisn to it and all so Peter Crosgroves. Briliant and how he is doing today just makes me relise how the Millitery do not look after the people that looks affter the humenaty in need where ever they may be serving.

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    mitchell 05/03/2017
    mitchell 05/03/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "terrific"

    one of the best bios I've ever read. hopefully it gets made into a movie

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    Amazing and inspirational story. Really enjoyed it. A true hero and very humble. Frank storytelling that does not hold back.

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    Jane 25/01/2017
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    "Great read hard to put down."

    A very personal insight to a SAS soldier's journey through Australia's contribution to the Afghanistan tours. A privilege to read.

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    JOEL 18/01/2017
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    "Outstanding"

    A brilliantly written, honest and inspiring book. Marks way of writing conveys his humble and personable demeanor, whilst the content and stories reveal both his and his mates extraordinary courage , guts, humour and determination. Thanks for a great read and thanks for your service Mark. Very inspiring!

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    Amazon Customer 13/12/2016 Member Since 2017
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    "Excellent read"
    Would you listen to The Crossroad again? Why?

    This the best book I've read for a very long time.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The book was factual and interesting.


    What about David Tredinnick’s performance did you like?

    Excellent


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Gripping, didn't want to put it down


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    Marc 03/12/2016
    Marc 03/12/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Great Story, Well Read!"

    Highly recommend this book, very open and honest, also very Australian! The narrator is excellent for this book.

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    Justin 29/10/2016
    Justin 29/10/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "its a nice n calm story of his life. very humbel"

    storys is really calm. not much of adventure.
    mostly about the life. thank you for serving this beautiful nation

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    "Outstanding. My book of the year"
    Where does The Crossroad rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    At the top. Loved the story, loved the presenter.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mark was the focus of the book and I loved his honesty, integrity and grit.


    What about David Tredinnick’s performance did you like?

    Loved David's emotion in the story, you really felt like you were there in the desert with Mark.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    There were places when I learnt of people dying that I got truly choked up.


    Any additional comments?

    I read a lot of books an this is definitely my book of the year. A long but thrilling read. Totally got my monies worth.

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